The best designed wood projects in British Columbia took centre stage as Wood Works! BC held its 6th annual awards gala. “The awareness and appreciation for wood is growing at an unprecedented rate,” said Mary Tracey, Wood Works! BC executive director.
“As world attention focuses on our environment, wood continues to gain momentum as its environmental attributes are recognized.”
More than 100 projects were nominated in 12 categories, with the majority of projects located in B.C., except for a single Yukon project.
“We’re seeing wood used in unique and innovative ways both architecturally and structurally which showcase its beauty, strength, versatility and cost effectiveness,” Tracey said.
“The increasing variety, diversity and sheer number of projects using wood is without a doubt building the already burgeoning wood culture in B.C.”
Premier Gordon Campbell attended the gala and presented the Premier’s Wood Champion Award to Castlegar-based Kalesnikoff Lumber Company. The family-owned business has been around for 65 years.
A new award, the Wood Innovation Award, recognizes creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood. It went to structural engineer Robert Malczyk at Equilibrium Consulting Inc. for Austria House, built for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler. It features the first Canadian application of Cross Laminated Timber panels.
The premier had a few words to say about the use of wood. “Wood is simply the world’s best building product. It’s visually appealing, versatile, sturdy, takes less energy to build with and is the only construction material that actually sequesters carbon,” said Campbell. “The leadership shown by individuals and organizations who champion wood construction is critical as we spread the word throughout Canada and beyond about the benefits of building with wood.”
Wood Works! BC is an initiative of the Canadian Wood Council. Its goal is to support the use of wood and wood products. The association provides education, training and technical expertise to building and design professionals.